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  • Avian Field Technician (Hourly) - Illinois Natural History Survey/PRI

    Guest Amber Hall
    • Employer: Illinois Natural History Survey/Prairie Research Institute
      Location: Champaign, IL or greater Chicago region.
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/07/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    The Illinois Natural History Survey is seeking a field technician to assist with ongoing bird and plant-related research. Duties will include conducting point counts for Illinois birds, using playback recordings to detect focal species, nest searching and monitoring of focal species, assisting in wetland bird capture and banding, entering data, and assisting with report preparation for the contracting agency.  This position will be 40 hours per week and will either be based out of the Chicago land area or Champaign, Illinois. Fieldwork will primarily take place in the greater Chicago region.  



    Must have or be in the process of working toward a bachelor’s degree in ornithology, conservation, ecology, or related field. Must have a minimum of one seasons of fieldwork experience. One or more years of experience identifying birds migrating along the Mississippi Flyway by sight, song, or call. Experience conducting point count surveys and playback surveys for wetland bird species, wetland bird nest searching and monitoring, capturing birds using mist-nets, conducting vegetation surveys, using GPS, navigating using maps, collecting, entering, and managing data, writing technical reports, and motivation and willingness to learn are all preferred. A valid U.S. driver’s license is required. Knowledge of bird identification for resident Illinois species and bird species migrating along the Mississippi flyway. Effective communication with supervisor and other scientists. Attention to detail. Ability to work independently and in groups. Sound judgement when working independently, and when interacting with members of the public, landowners, and Forest Preserve District staff.


    Salary: $16.00 - $18.00 per hour, depending on experience


    Available:  May - October 2022.


    To Apply: Email cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references to Anastasia Rahlin at rahlin1@illinois.edu (Reference “Avian Field Tech 2022” in subject line).  For full consideration, applications should be received by 3/7/2022, but the position may be filled sooner when a suitable candidate is found.


    The U of I is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled http://go.illinois.edu/EEO that participates in the federal E-verify program and participates in a background check program focused on prior criminal or sexual misconduct history.


    University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

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